VIDEO / Riyadh Air’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner wears a striking livery


In March we wrote about Saudi Arabia’s newest airline – Riyadh Air – which announced an order of up to 72 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners: 39 confirmed aircraft, with an option to acquire 33 additional 787-9s. Now, the first one (N8572C temporary registration) has been painted in Portland.

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According to Riyadh Air, this striking paint scheme is the first of two proposed liveries. After being painted in Portland, the 787-9 Dreamliner flew to Charleston, South Carolina. Sources say it will be on static display at Paris Air Show (19-25 June).

Riyadh Air’s purchase agreement is part of Saudi Arabia’s wider strategic plan to transform the country into a global aviation hub. Riyadh Air aims to connect millions of leisure and business travellers to more than 100 destinations around the world by 2030 following this partnership with Boeing.

In terms of economic impact, in the U.S., the deal is expected to support nearly 100,000 direct and indirect jobs and more than 300 suppliers from across 38 states, including 145 U.S. small businesses, while in Saudi Arabia, the new airline is expected to add USD20 billion to non-oil GDP growth and create more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The first deliveries of the widebody aircraft are scheduled for early 2025.